New Subject Editor Jason Pither19 November 2015
Jason Pither is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in the southern interior of British Columbia. He received his B.Sc. in Environmental Science at the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and conducted field experiments examining landscape connectivity during his M.Sc. research at Acadia University (Nova Scotia). For his doctoral research he explored biodiversity and range patterns across landscape to continental scales, and earned his Ph.D. in 2004 from Queen’s University (Ontario). He subsequently held an NSERC-Canada post-doctoral position at the University of Arizona, before starting his faculty position in 2007 at UBC.
Dr. Pither is interested in the links between biodiversity patterns and variation in environmental tolerance among taxa, between local community composition and biogeographic-scale processes, and between microbial biodiversity patterns and the origins of habitat-specific species pools. He and his students explore these links using field work, modelling, and spatially-explicit simulations, and a variety of taxa. He has recently begun using his background in biogeography to help address questions about the distribution and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi.